The 66th annual edition of the Grammy awards drew on Sunday night an average of 16.9 million viewersthanks to a gala that featured several high-profile performances and surprises.
This marks a 34% improvement over last year’s programwhich reached 12.4 million viewers on average, making it the most watched Grammy ceremony since 2020.
The numbers are calculated from Nielsen’s measurement of linear views on CBS and Paramount Global’s own data regarding streaming on Paramount+, CBS.com and the CBS app.
Besides, Paramount+ recorded the highest Grammy viewership in its history with 173% more views than in 2023.
In turn, NBCUniversal also scored some wins on Sunday:AND! Grammys Live From the Red Carpet had its biggest broadcast since 2017 with 1.5 million viewers. The pre-show Live from AND! Countdown to the Grammys and the post-show Live from E!: Grammys After Party They reached their highest audiences since 2020.
The segments with the most audience
With a peak of 18.3 million viewers, The most watched quarter of an hour of the program was during the classic segment “In Memoriam”where Stevie Wonder, Annie Lennox, Jon Batiste and Fantasia Barrino remembered with songs some of the figures who died during the last year.
Wonder sang a duet with a video of Tony Bennettand Lennox was encouraged by the great song that he popularized Sinead O’Connor, Nothing compares 2 U. They both died last year.
There were also segments dedicated to Tina Turner and executive Clarence Avant, who signed legends like Bill Withers.
Another highlight of Sunday’s program was Tracy Chapman’s first public appearance in years, accompanied by Luke Combs to sing her hit Fast Car.
They also measured well Joni Mitchell’s first Grammy performance; and when Celine Dion surprised everyone by presenting the award for best album, more than a year after revealing his diagnosis of stiff person syndrome. AND Taylor Swift announced his next album The Tortured Poets Department.
The top winners of the 66th annual Grammy Awards, presented Sunday in Los Angeles by the Recording Academy, were:
Album of the year: MidnightsTaylor Swift.
Record of the year: flowersMiley Cyrus.
Song of the Year (Songwriters Award): What Was I Made For?Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell.
Best New Artist: Victoria Monet.
Best Pop Solo Performance: flowersMiley Cyrus.
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Ghost in the Machine SZA with Phoebe Bridgers.
Best Pop Vocal Album: MidnightsTaylor Swift.
Best dance/electronic music recording: RumbleSkrillex, Fred again.. and Flowdan.
Best rock album: This Is WhyParamore.
Best Progressive R&B Album: S.O.S.SZA.
Best Folk Album: Joni Mitchell At Newport (Live)Joni Mitchell.
Best Latin Urban Music Album: Tomorrow will be nice, Karol G.
Best Rock or Latin Alternative Music Album (tie): Daily life of Juanes, and Of all the flowersby Natalia Lafourcade.
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (including Texan): GENESISFeatherweight.